Wake up call for the woke racists

Buy John McWhorter’s book!

John McWhorter is but one of many black conservatives who do not get one-tenth the attention of a self-aggrandizer (and tax cheat) like Al Sharpton. But The New York Times is beginning to pay attention. McWhorter is up with a piece headlined “What’s missing from the conversation about systemic racism.” An excerpt that you won’t find in The Nation, The Capital Times, or MSNBC: 

‘The Cops and Black People 101’ story — that police officers casually mow down black men while letting white men pass with a summons or a slap on the hand — doesn’t hold up. Many more white men than black men die at the hands of cops. We just don’t hear that part of the story very much.

McWhorter famously called out UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank for disappearing famous alum and civil rights advocate Fredric March. (“Winnowing but not sifting.”) Professor McWhorter teaches linguistics, American studies, and music history at Columbia University. He is coming out with a new book that should be on every alder’s desk, every school teacher’s night stand, and incorporated verbatim in the Democrat(ic) party platform. The book title tells the tale: Woke Racism; How a new religion has betrayed black America.” 

It’s due out October 26. Pre-order it here. Woke Racism writes the epitaph for critical race theory and all its manifests, at its worst expressed as Defund (or Reimagine) the Police. Publisher Penguin Books/Random House toots its own horn for Woke Racism:

John McWhorter argues that an illiberal neo-racism, disguised as antiracism, is hurting Black communities and weakening the American social fabric. Americans of good will on both the left and the right are secretly asking themselves the same question: how has the conversation on race in America gone so crazy? We’re told to read books and listen to music by people of color but that wearing certain clothes is “appropriation.” 

We hear that being white automatically gives you privilege and that being black makes you a victim. We want to speak up but fear we’ll be seen as unwoke, or worse, labeled a racist. According to John McWhorter, the problem is that a well-meaning but pernicious form of anti-racism has become, not a progressive ideology, but a religion — and one that’s illogical, unreachable, and unintentionally neo-racist.

In Woke Racism, McWhorter reveals the workings of this new religion, from the original sin of “white privilege” and the weaponization of cancel culture to ban heretics, to the evangelical fervor of the “woke mob.” He shows how this religion that claims to “dismantle racist structures” is actually harming his fellow black Americans by infantilizing black people, setting black students up for failure, and passing policies that disproportionately damage black communities. The new religion might be called “anti-racism,” but it features a racial essentialism that’s barely distinguishable from racist arguments of the past. 

Blaska’s Bottom Line: The charitable arm of Blaska Policy Werkes is sending a copy to Rebecca Blank, postage due.

Who else should read this book?

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12 Responses to Wake up call for the woke racists

  1. sentient7 says:

    In addition to his book, I recommend many YouTube discussions between John and Glenn Loury, (Brown Univ.) The duo has been conducting great dialogues since 2008 about race and American society. Glenn also has a substack blog and his analyses are outstanding. His lecture at Pepperdine Univ. is one of the best tapes. I also bought his book, The Anatomy of Racial Inequality, Harvard Un. Press.

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  2. Liberty says:

    I suspect Blank already understands what McWhorter is saying. She’s just too cowardly to stand up for what’s right.

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    • Gary L. Kriewald says:

      Like every other college administrator, she’s so horrified at the prospect of being called racist by the tiny number of fanatical ideologues (the Blank’s case, the Black Students Union) who control what is or isn’t allowed on college campuses that she’ll cave to any of their demands, no matter how trivial or preposterous–and I can’t imagine anything more trivial or preposterous than removing a racist rock at a cost of $50,000 because it was called a naughty name a hundred years ago.


  3. Kevin S Wymore says:

    Blaska’s shop has a charitable arm?


  4. Normwegian says:

    Charity for the Policy Werks? Where do I apply?


  5. One eye says:

    Looking forward to the book but unfortunately it won’t do any good. Selling black victimhood is just too profitable for the grifters and “the community” has yet to realize they are being swindled.


  6. Peter Anderson says:


    Clarence Thomas is a conservative African-American. McWhorter, on the other hand, may not be woke, but, otherwise is a liberal on other social and economic issues.



    • Steve says:

      So what? Read this book and also his other books, Losing the Race and Winning the Race and try to deal with his ideas rather than his politics. You are engaging in an ad hominem fallacy.


  7. georgessson says:

    Great snag, Squire, and the emphasis on McWhorter is appreciated.

    Yepper, One-Peep: As Booker T. said 100 yrs. ago:

    “No greater injury can be done to any youth than to let him feel that because he belongs to this or that race he will be advanced in life regardless of his own merits or efforts.”


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